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11-member committee formed to help state file 16th amendment review appeal

  • Published at 08:57 pm October 20th, 2017
11-member committee formed to help state file 16th amendment review appeal
An 11-member committee has been formed to help the state prepare the filing of a review petition against the scrapping of the 16th amendment to the Constitution by the Supreme Court, which nullified the parliament’s power to remove sitting judges. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam confirmed the matter to Bangla Tribune on Friday. Mahbubey Alam said: “Eleven legal officers including me are involved in the work. There are two attorney generals and eight deputy attorney generals on the committee.” He added that the committee members meet at the library of the Attorney General's Office after their regular work and stay as late as 9-10pm every working day. "Right now the committee members are compiling and analysing various legal data related to the 16th amendment verdict," the attorney general said. Asked when the committee was formed, he said: “The committee was formed quite a few days ago. This committee has been working on a regular basis.” Earlier on October 12, the attorney general said: “We have received the certified copy (of the verdict). As per law, the review has to be filed withing one month of getting the certified copy.” He also told the Bangla Tribune that the procedure for filing the review petition will start as per the recommendation of the law ministry. The Supreme Court published the full text of the 16th amendment appeal verdict on August 1. Later on August 16, Deputy Attorney General Ekramul Haque Tutul told reporters that the state had applied to get the certified copy of the full text of the verdict. In the 799 page verdict, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha made remarks on many areas including politics, military rule, election commission, corruption, good governance and the independence of the judiciary. Later on August 10, Law Minister Anisul Haque expressed the executive department's formal stance over the verdict at a press conference. He told reporters at a programme in Dhaka on August 18 that the state is preparing to lodge an appeal for a review of the Supreme Court's judgment. The minister said they were giving a close reading and that the review petition would be filed after proper scrutiny of the text. This article was first published on the Bangla Tribune